“Blowing out somebody else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.” I don’t remember who said this, but I heard it from my sixth grade Quest teacher (a half hour life class for students to talk about feelings). I’ve never been the kind of person to judge or make fun of someone, because I know I’m not perfect. I’m not surprised, but always amazed at the people who think they will look better, more interesting, or draw attention by talking down about other people. I can never understand those that would spend so much energy putting others down. Some say people do it because jealousy, insecurity, peer pressure, bored, immature, or other reasons. Whatever the reason, it is never the kind thing to do. Next time you hear someone talking mean about someone, don’t join in or encourage it by laughing. If you are the person doing it, it speaks volumes about you instead of the person you’re talking about badly, so focus on yourself.